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Previewing The AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers

As training camp fast approaches, I’ve decided to break down the current state of the AFC North heading into the 2015 NFL preseason. A comprehensive Pittsburgh Steelers breakdown is on the slate for today, although I’ll likely revisit the team once the 53-man roster begins to take shape. The Steelers…


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2015 Steelers Pre-Training Camp Depth Chart Update: Safety

The Pittsburgh Steelers have recently concluded their offseason schedule, complete with nine OTA practices and the three-day minicamp, and are currently off for about five weeks before they re-emerge in Latrobe for the start of training camp. Not much is expected to happen between now and then as far as…


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Steelers All-22: Bronco Coverage

Back in the film room today breaking down the Pittsburgh Steelers’ “Bronco” coverage shown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5. We’ll draw it up on our whiteboard to stash away for the regular season, but Coach Larry Kehres has a great breakdown of this in one of his coaching…


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Team Speed Not Among The Many Questions Facing Steelers Defense

With the Pittsburgh Steelers being in a natural state of transition, there isn’t a lot about it that can be said right now with any meaningful clarity, particularly with respect to how successful it might be or how it might differ schematically from teams past. To begin with, the unit…


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Predicting First Season Impact of Steelers’ Rookies

Few teams typically bring rookies along as slowly as the Pittsburgh Steelers, but in recent years that has begun to change. Even last season, the team was planning on bringing fourth round pick Martavis Bryant along slowly, but a crying need for an outside threat to bookend Antonio Brown caused…


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Steelers Put Wraps On 2015 “Football In Shorts” Season

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their final mandatory minicamp practice of 2015 and with that comes the end of the offseason program that consisted of 12 days worth of on-field practices and one day of team building at the local Dave & Busters. “Great finish, nice energy and…


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William Gay Shows Football IQ In Two Minute Drill

Part of practice is to work on individual fundamentals. But another section, especially when hitting is still outlawed, is dedicated to situational work. The Pittsburgh Steelers dedicated part of today’s first day of minicamp to their two minute drill. The defense prevailed as William Gay intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger on…


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Replacing Ryan Clark Not A One-Year Process For Mike Mitchell

When the Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent safety Mike Mitchell to a big money contract last offseason, they were looking to replace Ryan Clark, who was the team’s primary starting free safety from 2008 to the 2013 season alongside Troy Polamalu. The two combined to form arguably their finest safety…


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Mike Tomlin Wants DBs To Do More Than Just Catch The Ball

The Pittsburgh Steelers have done nothing to hide the fact that they have been actively pursuing ways to improve their ability to take the ball away on defense, which is something that they failed to do with great efficiency last year for about the fourth straight season. It’s become such…


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So Many Safeties But Only So Many Spots Available

As of late, both safety positions for the Pittsburgh Steelers have been given huge question marks. Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu held down those spots until 2014, when Clark became a free agent and signed with the Washington Redskins. The Steelers then signed Mike Mitchell, who came off a productive…


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Steelers Holliman Still Growing Into Relatively New Position

After playing the cornerback position in 2013, Louisville’s Gerod Holliman thought he had found his niche, but when a new coaching staff led by Bobby Petrino took over, including new defensive boss Todd Grantham, Holliman was put at a new position more suited to allow him the freedom to roam….


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Steelers All-22: Pattern Reading

Film room for the second time this week. Looking at one of my favorite, albeit difficult to articulate, concepts. Pattern reading is a concept I’ve mentioned and broken down before and over the summer, I’ve been attempting to learn a little more. Like a matchup zone in basketball, there is…



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Secondary Makeover Includes Cutting Down On Penalties

There have been two main themes chasing the Pittsburgh Steelers throughout this offseason. One has been improve the pass rush. The other: improve the pass coverage. The Steelers have tried to address both issues after drafting an outside linebacker in the first round and two cornerbacks in the second and…